The Importance of Passive "Built-in" Fire Protection

Passive fire protection is a vital component of any fire safety strategy, built into the structure of a building to safeguard people’s lives and limit the financial impact of damage to buildings and their contents. It does this by:

  • Limiting the spread of fire and smoke by containing it in a single compartment
  • Protecting escape routes for essential means of escape
  • Protecting the building structure thereby ensuring it’s sustainability
  • Fire safety responsibilities
    If you manage own or employ people in the built environment, understanding fire legislation is your responsibility. The law requires you to ensure the safety from fire of any employees and visitors in the vicinity of your property; ensure any refurbishment meets the requirements of the Building Regulations; and undertake regular risk assessments. Click here for further information on your legal responsibilities and on fire risk assessment.


    Third Party Certification

    Third Party Certification is a means of independently verifying the competency and quality of the workmanship of companies manufacturing, installing and maintaining fire protection products and systems. Read more


    All ASFP Contractors are required to gain Third Party Certification from a UKAS accredited Certification Body as a mandatory requirement to become a member of the ASFP


    New guide from ASFP

    The ASFP Guide to Inspecting Passive Fire Protection for Fire Risk Assessors is now available. The guide is aimed at all those involved in the specification, installation or maintenance of passive fire protection. The document is available for purchase in hard copy format (order form). To view a free pdf click here.


    Construction Products Regulation (CPR) & CE Marking

    The Construction Products Association has produced an excellent guide on the CPR & CE Marking to reveals what you should know about CE marking, before the full introduction of the CPR in July 2013 Click here to download free copy


    ASFP obtains CITB-ConstructionSkills funding
    ASFP has obtained a significant grant from the CSkills Growth Fund to develop a nationally recognised industry training scheme for passive fire protection. The scheme aims to up-skill contractors involved in the installation of passive fire protection as well as improve the knowledge base of those involved in the design, supply, inspection and maintenance of passive fire protection. Click here








    Latest News from ASFP

    ASFP takes CPD seminar to Cardiff

    Manchester seminarThe Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is holding the third of its series of regional CPD seminars in Cardiff on 8 April 2014. For further information click here.


    London seminar presentations available

    Presentations from the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) regional CPD seminar in London on 20 March 2014 are available for download. Read more


    Three Cs key to improving fire safety awareness says ASFP President

    The Association for Specialist Fire Protection’s President Brian Robinson has called on the fire sector and the wider built environment to work together to address “fractures” in the building design, construction and maintenance process, through showing Commitment to improving Communication and Competency. Read more


    Parliamentary seminar a success

    The ASFP held a successful Parliamentary Seminar on 4 December, in conjunction with the Fire Sector Federation and the All Party Parliamentary Fire & Rescue Group. Understanding Fire Safety in Buildings considered issues that affect fire safety within the modern built environment and investigated how to ensure that appropriate fire protection is designed. specified, installed and maintained throughout the life of a building. Read more


    New ASFP video library

    The ASFP's new video channel features free-to-view online videos. Arranged in eight modules, the videos offer an introduction to passive fire protection and take viewers through a typical risk assessment. Read more


    ASFP launches fire risk assessment 'app'

    The ASFP launched an Android-based fire risk assessment 'app' at Firex International. Firesafetyfile offers a range of checklists which guide the user through onsite inspections of passive fire protection. 

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    AGM highlights importance of education for PFP

    ASFP AGMThe vital role of passive fire protection in protecting both building occupants and firefighters was emphasised by speakers at the Association for Specialist Fire Protection’s Annual General Meeting, held at the Cabinet War Rooms in London on 14 June. Read more


    Lakanal House: ASFP statement

    The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) recognises that the Lakanal House tragedy highlights the vital role played by compartmentation in protecting escape routes and slowing the spread of fire and smoke. It also demonstrates the tragic consequences which may ensue if such systems are not adequately specified, installed and maintained. Read more